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Mike Preston’s Ravens grades at the three-quarter pole

Before the Ravens travel to Foxborough, Mass., on Monday night to play the New England Patriots, we have to hand out grades for the third marking period.
Via Ravens Insider
7 hours ago

Ravens Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees Has A Lot To Do With No. 1 Ranking

Dean Pees spent six seasons in New England, including four as the Patriots’ defensive coordinator. Now in his fifth year as the Ravens’ defensive play caller, Pees has a disciplined, yet flexible unit that is adept at confusing opposing offenses.
Via BaltimoreRavens.com
10 hours ago

Baltimore Ravens vs. Patriots: Key Matchups

The absence of star tight end Rob Gronkowski, who is on injured reserve following back surgery, will have a dramatic effect on the Ravens and Patriots battle plans for Monday night. When on the field, Gronk is almost uncover-able, and draws attention away from the Patriots other offensive weapons. The Ravens inside linebackers and safeties are much better positioned to contain Tom...
Via Baltimore Beatdown
10 hours ago

Cornerback Jimmy Smith happy to be part of next chapter in Ravens-Patriots rivalry

Cornerback Jimmy Smith had foot surgery late in the 2014 regular season. So when his teammates took on New England in the divisional playoffs, he was in the same position as many Ravens’ fans – watching the game at home from his couch. When the Patriots marched down the field in the second half,...
Via Ravens Insider
11 hours ago

Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta anticipating a lot of defensive attention from Patriots

After the nine-reception, 90-yard, two-touchdown performance like the one he enjoyed in the Ravens’ demolition of the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, tight end Dennis Pitta considers himself a marked man by opposing defenses in the future. The invisible target on Pitta’s No. 88 jersey will begin Monday...
Via Ravens Insider
11 hours ago

Terrell Suggs still refusing to say Tom Brady's name

Terrell Suggs and Tom Brady have played the roles of fierce rivals over the years during the contentious gridiron battles between the former’s Baltimore Ravens and the latter’s New England Patriots. And even though Suggs in a way respects Brady, he curiously makes it a practice to never utter the quarterback’s name. Instead, Suggs routinely uses the droll “quarterback...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

3 Reasons The Baltimore Ravens Can Beat The New England Patriots

The Baltimore Ravens can pose as a major threat to AFC powerhouse New England Patriots on Monday night Monday night’s match-up between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots is going to be a fun one. These two teams have been dominant forces in the AFC in recent years. They have met in the playoffs […] 3 Reasons The Baltimore Ravens Can Beat The New England Patriots -...
Via Ebony Bird
15 hours ago

Late For Work 12/8: Joe Flacco: Patriots Can Intimidate Some Teams, But That's Not Us

New England media members think the Patriots are still 'pissed off.' Steve Smith is still trash-talking the Dolphins … at charity events ... and in a Yoda onesie. Andrew Luck wins AFC Offensive Player of the Week over Joe Flacco. The Ravens' 2016 fourth-round draft could be a significant moment in franchise history.
Via BaltimoreRavens.com
17 hours ago

Ravens-Patriots Rivalry Is Good, But It's No Steelers

The Ravens and Patriots have matched up four times in the playoffs over the past seven seasons, including twice in the AFC championship. But there’s something different about Ravens-Steelers, say Ravens players.
Via BaltimoreRavens.com
1 day ago

Ravens' new grass field draws mostly praise, some criticism

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Ravens' motivation for changing to a grass field this year was to protect players from sustaining the kind of injuries that occur on artificial turf. Adhering to a poll of the team, the Ravens pulled up the synthetic surface they'd been using for 13 years at M&T Bank Stadium and laid down the real thing during the summer. ''Principally, we did it...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Steve Smith wears Yoda costume to press conference

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith seems to have taken on a new identity, and it is one that may have him asking opponents something like this: “Judge me by my size, do you?” If you’re a “Star Wars” fan, you immediately recognized that as a famous Yoda quote. Now have a look at what Smith showed up to his press conference wearing on Wednesday: Steve Smith Sr...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Ravens: Getting Results From Unexpected Places

The Ravens Are Getting Great Performances From Players They Did Not Know They Could Count On: The Ravens have gotten great performances from players that did not have the highest of expectations. Zach Orr for example came into training camp competing for a starting job. Now, Orr is the leading tackler on the team and […] Baltimore Ravens: Getting Results From Unexpected Places...
Via Ebony Bird
1 day ago

Power Rankings place Ravens in or near Top 10!

Receiving the respect they’ve earned? Yes. Enough respect? Not quite. The Baltimore Ravens clearly proved their tenacity against the Miami Dolphins. From their absolutely suffocating defense to an offense with high powered potential. When both sides plays four full quarters, they’re impervious. The power rankings for the Ravens are as follows: Washington Post: 11SB Nation...
Via Baltimore Beatdown
1 day ago

Which Ravens deserve Pro Bowl honors?

Pro Bowl voting concludes on Tuesday, December 15th. Cast your ballots here. Last season, the Baltimore Ravens were represented in the Pro Bowl by offensive guard Marshal Yanda, outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil and punter Sam Koch. With a much improved record in 2016, along with the top ranked total defense in the NFL, the Ravens should be rewarded with a few more Pro Bowlers...
Via Baltimore Beatdown
1 day ago

Baltimore Ravens: January Joe Showed Up Early This Year

Joe Flacco put together his best game of the season and is showing up at the right time for the Baltimore Ravens Love him or hate him, Joe Flacco had a heck of a performance yesterday for the Baltimore Ravens. Christmas has come early with a gift of an elite quarterback, hopefully.. The quarterback produced […] Baltimore Ravens: January Joe Showed Up Early This Year - Ebony Bird...
Via Ebony Bird
2 days ago

Justin Forsett reunites with Gary Kubiak in Denver

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Justin Forsett is reuniting with Gary Kubiak in Denver. The Broncos claimed the 31-year-old running back off waivers from Detroit to replace Kapri Bibbs, who went on IR with a high left ankle sprain. Over his career, Forsett has averaged 5.5 yards a carry in Kubiak's offenses and 4.4 yards elsewhere. With Kubiak as his offensive coordinator, Forsett set...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Flacco, Ravens end Dolphins' 6-game run with 38-6 rout

BALTIMORE (AP) Joe Flacco threw for 381 yards and four touchdowns, and the Baltimore Ravens overwhelmed the Dolphins in the first half of a 38-6 victory Sunday that ended Miami's six-game winning streak. Baltimore (7-5) led 24-0 at halftime behind Flacco and a dominant performance from the league's second-ranked defense. Flacco went 27 for 34 for 258 yards and three scores over...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: NFL to review rule that allowed Ravens' holding play

Unsurprisingly, the NFL’s competition committee is going to take a look at the Baltimore Ravens’ rule exploitation. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the committee will consider amending the rule that ensures that the game can end on an offensive penalty. Currently, offensive penalties do not result in any untimed down, thus ensuring that a team could theoretically commit...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Could John Harbaugh be on hot seat if Ravens miss playoffs?

The Baltimore Ravens are currently in first place in the AFC North, but that hardly makes them a lock for the postseason. The Pittsburgh Steelers have the same record at 6-5, with Baltimore currently owning the head-to-head advantage. So what happens if John Harbaugh’s team misses the playoffs for a second straight season and the third time in four years? Greg Bedard of The MMQB...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Eugene Monroe opens up about NFL’s drug policy

Eugene Monroe played seven seasons in the NFL. He was a top-10 pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars back in 2009 and saw himself traded to the Baltimore Ravens midway through the 2013 season. Monroe, who starred playing college football at Virginia, abruptly called it quits on his NFL career this past spring. This decision came after the former offensive tackle spoke out about the...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Blandino: NFL competition committee will look at intentional holding

The Baltimore Ravens found a loophole and took advantage this past Sunday by holding just about every opponent on the last play of the game. And while it was a cool and pretty brilliant idea, you knew the know-it-all, power-hungry NFL wouldn’t stand for this kind of tomfoolery. Just days after the play took place, NFL VP of officiating Dean Blandino went on the NFL Network and...
Via The Comeback
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Ravens’ Eric Weddle eats a gallon of ice cream after every win

Baltimore Ravens safety Eric Weddle says that when it comes to celebrating a hard-earned victory, nothing goes down better afterward than some ice cream. But Weddle doesn’t just slightly indulge his sweet tooth when enjoying his favorite post-win treat. Not by a long shot. In fact, Weddle recently admitted to overindulging in epic proportions … or perhaps portions is more...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Ravens kicker wants a point for kickoff through uprights

Justin Tucker is a kicker. Not coincidentally, he thinks it’s time the league gave something back to the kickers. In an interview on The Dan Patrick Show, Tucker noted that in recent years, the league has made the life of a kicker more difficult, with the PAT being moved back to make extra points more meaningful. The change has worked, as the conversion rate has fallen just enough...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Harbaugh colorfully advises Flacco on sliding technique

Joe Flacco’s awkward slides, which feature his surgically repaired knee driving into the turf, are becoming an increased source of consternation for his teammates. And now, it has drawn the ire of Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. perhaps summarized the team’s collective opinion best by previously stating Flacco owns the “worst...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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